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Being able to communicate effectively is vital to any area of human interaction: between board and senior managers; between customers and staff; between any two people who need to effect a task, either at work or at home. Effective Communication is the core of team building theory and offers a basis for future team development.
However, the most common area of difficulty in organisations (and it’s fair to say in relationships) is based on poor communication. Most people are aware of the ‘fight or flight’ response – the innate way we react when under stress to either stand and fight our ‘enemy’ or turn tail and run! This response is graphically illustrated when you consider communication.
If you explore an organisation under stress, you will see that there is little true, effective communication. The atmosphere either becomes more argumentative (fight) or people stop talking to each other and start sending e-mails instead (flight).
A common problem is for us to perceive that good communication comes naturally and that it either happens or not! More often than not, effective communication does not happen naturally.
Managers must take the initiative in ensuring that efficient systems and patterns of communicating in the work environment are developed – on a one-to-one basis, in teams, in meetings; in fact – everywhere. What is natural is that people want to communicate.
The root cause of most break downs in communication is that one or more participants becomes defensive. When an individual perceives themselves to be under attack or threatened, they are likely to engage in behaviours which reduce the probability of mutual understanding. A common response is to counter-attack, which in turn leads to the other person feeling threatened and therefore becomes defensive. Communication then becomes blocked at both ends.
Another common response is to withdraw (either physically or psychologically) and thus cut off the perceived threat. The outcome of these behaviours is to reduce the effective exchange of ideas and the possibility of developing solutions to problems.
Teambuilding Facilitated Activities to support Effective Communication:
Strength Deployment Inventory (Particularly when understanding individual responses to conflict)
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